April 15-16, 2017
A Hakone is like a tour of modes of transportation. How does it go?
- Shinkansen. For the trip from Shinjuku to Hakone, with a premium fare, you can take the Romance Car, which unfortunately is not romantic in any way.
- Bus. Some routes are only serviced by buses, so better memorize those letters. Yes, they are identified by letters. This is the stop right outside the Hakone Yumoto station:
- Boat. You can sail through Lake Ashi, seeing the tip of Mt. Fuji at one point.
- Ropeway. From the end of Lake Ashi up to Mt. Owakudani.
- Cablecar. From Mt. Owakudani down, we have to take the ropeway then cable car.
- Railway. It’s different from a train – I don’t know how to explain it, but it is like the train’s grandpa.
- Train. Finally, since I’m on the budget, I decided to take the normal train to go home.
All these are covered by the Hakone Free pass (JPY5,140). Is it worth it? I didn’t compute – I think I got more than enough rides on it to cover the flat rate. If you’re there for just one day… it might not be. I think the difference is less than JPY1,000 overall if ever, it will be way simpler if you just take the pass (and not worry about the fare)